Congratulations to those who qualified for or advanced in their league’s playoffs as a result of the Week 14 games! Now the fun begins. Perhaps your team suffered an untimely injury last weekend (e.g. - Peyton Hillis). Perhaps your team is heavily dependent on a star Running Back whose health is questionable (e.g. - Brandon Jacobs, Clinton Portis, Frank Gore). Perhaps Matt Jones was starting at Wide Receiver for your team. Perhaps you were relying on Gus Frerotte at Quarterback - well, maybe not (if so, it’s highly unlikely you’d be reading this) . . .
Whether due to injury, a poor matchup, or simply to block an opponent from snagging a player for their upcoming matchup with your team, for those whose league rules permit roster adjustments during playoff weeks, it’s crucial to optimize your matchups on a weekly basis. Lose at this point, and your fantasy football season is likely over. You don’t want to have to listen to leaguemates discuss fantasy football playoffs that no longer include you.
Here’s a list of recommended free agent/waiver wire pickups who may be available in your league. I’ll no longer divide recommendations into Short Term, Long Term, and Speculative pickups - at this point, any player I list is recommended based solely on their next matchup (warning - this will make the lists much shorter than they’ve been in previous weeks).
Seneca Wallace, Daunte Culpepper.
Jamaal Charles, Ahmard Hall.
Bobby Engram, Brandon Jones, Brandon Stokley, Ike Hilliard, Steve Smith (NYG), Hank Baskett, Henry Douglas, Jordy Nelson.
Donald Lee, Desmond Clark, Marcedes Lewis, Jerramy Stevens, David Martin.
Josh Brown, Robbie Gould, Connor Barth, Dan Carpenter.
Seattle, St. Louis.
Admittedly, we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel here in many cases, but frankly, there are far fewer viable options to choose from at the end of the season if you’re taking just a one-week view.
Until next time,